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The Bayou boys are coming back to Farmington.

Bill Hood Baseball is making its return to the Connie Mack World Series for first time since 2010.

The team out of Mandeville, La., advanced through the South East Regional, knocking off 2013 CMWS champion East Cobb Yankees for the bid.

The last time Bill Hood was in the CMWS, the team qualified through the South Plains Regional. Assistant coach Cole Catalano was on the staff in 2010 and said he doesn't see much difference in the caliber of talent between the two regions. It's difficult to get to Farmington, regardless of the path his team takes, he said.

"You're going to get quality ball clubs no matter where you go," Catalano said.

Bill Hood hasn't been able to field a team the past couple of seasons due to work obligations for Catalano and manager Chris Westcott.

Catalano said he was determined to get the team back on the field and to qualify for the series.

Bill Hood got hot at the right time during the regional, knocking off the Yankees and the Florida Legends on its way to the team's third CMWS appearance.

"We swung the bats better than we had all year," said Catalano, who played in Bill Hood's first series appearance in 2002. "We play a fast brand of ball with a lot of blue collar guys."

Bill Hood pulls its players from a 60-mile radius in Louisiana. The team has seven players committed to Southeastern Louisiana University, where Catalano also played college ball.

"We stay local, and these guys are all within an hour drive. They've played against each other in high school and know one another," Catalano said. "All the kids buy into what we're teaching. We're not going to wow you, but we've come together as a team, gelled well, and that's why we'll have a lot of success."

Bill Hood will open the CMWS against tournament newcomer Detroit Metro Stars at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"We're ready to have fun from the games, to the parade, to the home run derby," Catalano said. "We're bringing a little Mardi Gras to Farmington."

Joshua Perry is the sports editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.